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October 17, 2013

Martians Invade Seabrook

SEABROOK —On Wed., October 30, the Seabrook Old-time Radio Players will reenact “War of the Worlds” live on stage at the Seabrook Library. In the early days of radio, Writer Howard Koch adapted HG Wells classic science fiction drama into the radio play for Orson Welles and The Mercury Players.

The Seabrook OTR Players were granted permission from the estate of Writer Howard Koch to perform the original script on a special one night only performances celebrating the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast.

On October 30, 1938 The Mercury Players On The Air presented HG Wells “War of Worlds” on the radio CBS network. Although clearly announced as a presentation on HG Wells story, many listeners around the country tuned in late only to hear the realistic “we interrupt this program” announcements of an alien invasion from Mars. Stories of the ensuing panic were printed boldly across the headlines of the next days’ newspapers around the nation.

Performing on the 30 foot stage in the conference room at the Seabrook Library, The Seabrook OTR Players will be using an array of visual and audio effects to recreate the story of the small town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey, that became the landing point of the mysterious cylinders that unleash the “Vanguard of an invading Army”.

The one-hour presentations will be performed on Wed., October 30, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., at the Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane. Admission is free (donations accepted). Free refreshments will be offered followed each performance.

For additional information, call Seabrook Library at 603-474-2044, or email donstage@yahoo.com.

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